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Hello and welcome to the region! If you are new to the game, you may have a lot of questions about NationStates, the World Assembly, or approving issues. Even if you are a veteran, there's always something new to learn. This guide is written to help you get started, and answers some of the most common questions you may have about NS. It should be read in conjunction with the Regional Start-up Guide which contains common questions about our region.

Section 1 - How to Play The NationStates Game

1.1 - Issues

1.2 - The WA

1.3 - Invasions and Defenses

1.4 - NationStates 'Influence'

1.5 - Additional Questions on Game Play

Section 2 - Common Questions

2.1 - Can my nation be invaded directly?

2.2 - What are endorsements about?

2.3 - Can I run for delegate?

2.4 - Can I vote?

2.5 - How do we communicate?

2.6 - What do I do if I'm going away and I can't log into my nation for a while? I don't want to be deleted!

2.7 - Should I ever give out my nation's password?

2.8 - Other links of interest

Section 3 - Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

Once again, enjoy your stay in Yggdrasil and Valhalla, and if you have other questions, feel free to start a thread and post!

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Before we start, please note that this is not meant to be a complete guide to the NationStates (NS) game. This is just a little information to get you started. For a more complete explanation, please see the FAQ available on the side-bar at http://www.nationstates.net

To be honest, the actual NationStates (NS) game is simple, repetitive, and sometimes boring. That is why a forum like this is an important part to the game. By enabling interaction between players and having so many things to do, we keep the game more interesting than it would be otherwise. This section explains some of the features of the actual NS game.

1.1 - Issues

Every day, nations log on to check and answer their 'issues'. Issues are political decisions that players make, which shape their nations as a result. The choices you make on your issues directly affect your civil rights, economic, and political freedom levels, as well as your tax rate. Over time, they also determine what type of government you have, from 'Democratic Socialists' to 'Psychotic Dictatorship'.

This link shows how the civil, economic, and political levels affect your nation's government

The last part of the above link also shows the 15 different ratings you can achieve for each of the civil, economic, and political levels.

You can decide how often issues come to you by clicking on 'settings' in the side-bar on the NS game.

1.2 - The WA

To have any sort of influence in NS, you should consider joining the World Assembly (WA). By being a member, your nation can endorse other nations, and also receive endorsements. You may also vote on the current WA resolution, shown by clicking on 'World Assembly' in the side-bar on NS. With two endorsements, you are allowed to submit proposals to the WA, which may be put up for a vote if they receive enough support.

Even though you are allowed to create more than one nation, you are permitted to have only one nation in the WA at a time. This is important. Violating this rule could get you ejected from the WA permanently or, even worse, deleted permanently.

In Yggdrasil and Valhalla, being in the WA also affords you certain privileges. This include the ability to stand for elections, vote in elections, and join the regional army.

1.3 - Invasions and Defenses

Some nations use the WA for a different purpose - by participating in 'invasions' and 'defenses'. Invasions occur when a flood of WA nations join a region and all endorse one invader nation (called an 'invader lead'. The goal of invaders is to unseat the native WA Delegate of a region, and thereby take over the region. If the invader lead's number of endorsements is higher than that of the native Delegate at the time of update (usually between midnight and 4 am, EST), then the invader lead becomes the delegate and can take over the region, disrupt it, and even destroy the region.

The WA may also be used to protect regions. Defenders aim to stop invaders by entering the invaded region and beginning to endorse the native delegate. Sometimes, defenders may also endorse a fellow defender (a 'defender lead・ to temporarily become delegate of the invaded region). If defenders are successful, either the native delegate or the defender lead then can eject and ban the invaders from the assaulted region.

Yggdrasil and Valhalla frown upon invasions as they impinge upon the rights of nations to play the game in peace. Neither Yggdrasil nor Valhalla actively participate in defending or invading. We are pro-peace and not militaristic. That said, we maintain an army (the YDS) to protect ourselves and assist our friends in need.

1.4 - NationStates 'Influence'

You may have noticed it already, your nation and our region is given an 'influence' automatically by the game. A nation's influence is a measure of how well-respected a nation is considered in its current region. Nations earn influence in a region the longer they remain there, and the more WA endorsements they have. When a nation leaves, though, its influence in that region will begin to decline.

Although being boast-worthy in its own right, Influence serves an important gameplay purpose. The ability of WA Delegates to eject and ban nations from their region, and to password-protect it, is limited by their Influence. Delegates consume some of their Influence to exercise their power, so the more often he uses his influence, the more difficult it is for him to wield those powers in the future.

When a nation moves to a region, it has no influence within that region. Nations accrue influence in a region by remaining in the region, and by receiving endorsements from the region’s members. Being a member of the WA has no effect unless the nation gains endorsements, the more endorsements one gets, the more influence one will accrue.

The regional influence is equal to the sum of the national influence of all its members (updated each WA update), and is displayed as a ranking on a scale ranging from ‘Backwater’ to ‘Extremely High’.

The national influence ranking (ranging from ‘Minnow’ to ‘Hermit’) is determined by the ratio of national influence to total regional influence and the previous WA update. The ordering of national influence rankings is as follows:

 

Hermit

 

 

Hegemony

 

 

Dominator

 

 

Superpower

 

 

Power

 

 

Powerbroker

 

 

Eminence Grise

 

 

Enforcer

 

 

Dealmaker

 

 

Instigator

 

 

Contender

 

 

Negotiator

 

 

Auxiliary

 

 

Ambassador

 

 

Diplomat

 

 

Envoy

 

 

Duckspeaker

 

 

Handshaker

 

 

Truckler

 

 

Vassal

 

 

Minnow

 

1.5 - Additional Questions on Game Play

1. Nationstates FAQ

2. Nationstates Gameplay 101

3. One-Stop Rules Shop

4. Available Government Types

5. Nation Creation for Dummies

6. List of All Issues (SPOILER)

7. WA Reference Guide I

8. WA Reference Guide II

9. Safalra's Guide to Influence

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Section 2 - Common Questions

2.1 - Can my nation be invaded directly?

Your nation cannot be invaded in the literal sense of the word. It may be invaded only in role playing, which you may choose to participate in or not.

2.2 - What are endorsements about?

Endorsements signify support for a particular nation. If you are a WA nation, you can endorse another WA nation. It is also the method by which a Delegate is selected in the region. The nation with the most number of endorsements become the region's WA Delegate. (You cannot endorse anyone if you are not a WA nation.)

Some nations try to collect endorsements even when they are not seeking the WA Delegate position. We encourage you not to try to "trade" endorsements. Endorsements is the expression of your political judgment that the nation you endorsed is a worthy delegate. Also, notice the provisions about the number of endorsements non-delegate nations may obtain under the Constitution.

2.3 - Can I run for delegate?

The delegate of Yggdrasil is democratically elected position. The position has a term of six months. When the time comes, an election is held on the forums. Candidates must meet certain qualifications to run. A nation must:

  • Be in the WA,
  • Be in the Region's army (Currently named YDS) and have a minimum of 10 battle missions or have recruited more than 10 nations,
  • Be registered on the forums for 30 days and have a minimum of 50 forum posts
2.4 - Can I vote?

You must be in the WA to vote in elections or legislature that affect Yggdrasil/Valhalla laws.

2.5 - How do we communicate?

There are five important ways of communicating in NS and Yggdrasil/Valhalla:

  • The NationStates Civil Headquarters. You may write any message for the whole region there. Try to be brief and remember it's for everyone. Etiquette rules apply and are enforced.
  • Telegrams (TMs or TGs) to individual nations within the game may be sent by going to the nation's page and typing a note in the box and pressing "Send!". Please remember that telegrams are private between you and that one nation. (Etiquette rules still apply.)
  • Yggdrasil/Valhalla forum threads (like what you are reading right now): you are welcome to post in these forums on the subjects you please. Remember that all forum members can read what you wrote --it is a public communications board. Please stay on the topic and try to be brief.
  • PMs in the forum. You can write to anyone registered on the forum by looking up their name in the members section at the top of the page or clicking on their name as it shows on the board and clicking "Send this person a message". You can also send yourself a copy by typing that into the send line. The advantage of this over the NS Civil Headquarters is you have a record of the message you sent if you need to look at it later.
  • Last but certainly not least, you can communicate with other NS nations through the NS Forum. You click Forum on the left panel of your nation's home screen and it opens up a vast world of topics and postings from the thousands of people across the world who are part of NS. Explore it at your leisure--you will learn a lot. As you do, share that with your fellow nations here in this forum.
2.6 - What do I do if I'm going away and I can't log into my nation for a while? I don't want to be deleted!

If you are going on an extended vacation and want to make sure that your nation doesn't cease to exist while you're away, here's what to do.

1) In NationStates, on the lefthand toolbar, click on "Settings."

2) Toward the top, click the little box that says "Vacation Mode."

3) Click on "Update Settings" and you should be all set.

Vacation mode stops all issues from coming to you and allows your nation to be inactive for 60 days as opposed to 28 days without vacation mode.

2.7 - Should I ever give out my nation's password?

No! If anyone asks for your username and password, do not give it out under any circumstances. Nobody connected with the game will ever ask you for that info.

There is a scam going around in other regions where the telegram purports to be from NationStates 2. They ask for your username and password. Just be aware and don't fall for it. This scam may say something along the lines of "You've been selected to test NationStates 2..." This is not true. Never give out your important info.

2.8 - Other links of interest

This guide is written specifically for the game, and not for the region.

  • For more information about the region, click (here)
  • For more information about the forum (nuts and bolts and bugs), click (here)

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Thanks, this information is very helpful B)

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Should have read this earlier. My fault on that part. Thanks for the info! Very helpful and informative!

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